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Jacob's Ladder will get the remake treatment

Jun. 28, 2013by: Alex Maidy

JACOB'S LADDER messed up my childhood. I snuck a VHS copy of the movie from a family friend and proceeded to watch the hellish hallucinations of Jacob Singer with a less than full understanding of the film's plot and twist ending. All I know is those eyeless doctors f*cked up my nightmares for a good long time. Visiting the film later in life, I found Adrian Lyne's movie to be incredibly depressing, slowly paced, but beautifully filmed.

Well, time to shake all that up because JACOB'S LADDER is getting a remake. The Hollywood Reporter says MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN screenwriter Jeff Buhler will write the remake for producers Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig. Gaeta and Rosenzweig produced the 2011 take on FRIGHT NIGHT and are working on a remake of the Mickey Rourke/Robert De Niro cult classic ANGEL HEART.

While the Tim Robbins film told the story of a Vietnam veteran experiencing hallucinations that may or may not be real, the new film may deviate substantially from that story.

The producers are looking to make something more akin to an homage and not mimic the original. The plan is to contemporize the story with new situations and characters but still maintain a story that examines issues and poses existential questions.

I take homage here to mean they will use the same title and maybe allude to the original film but tell a very different story. JACOB'S LADDER is not the most recognizable film that could be remade so I am not sure why they are even bothering to do so, but I guess it is time for a new generation of kids to sneak Blu-rays of this movie and proceed to shit their pants.

Extra Tidbit: For the record, I never shit my pants watching JACOB'S LADDER. Just a little Hershey squirt.

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1:08PM on 06/30/2013

So, it's not a remake?

None of the characters or the originals plot, so this'd be more of a spin-off/sequel or a re-imagining than a remake? I suppose that'd be better than a straightforward remake. Remakes are almost never done well. Lynne's original was far too brilliant and hauntingly beautiful to ever be matched on any scale. I could see a film set in the world Lynne created working, but as long as they stay true to it. A man caught between life and death, heaven and hell, angels and demons... No one has
None of the characters or the originals plot, so this'd be more of a spin-off/sequel or a re-imagining than a remake? I suppose that'd be better than a straightforward remake. Remakes are almost never done well. Lynne's original was far too brilliant and hauntingly beautiful to ever be matched on any scale. I could see a film set in the world Lynne created working, but as long as they stay true to it. A man caught between life and death, heaven and hell, angels and demons... No one has really managed to do anything like it since, and only a few have tried (I.E. Stay). I'll keep my reservations about this until I hear more about it.
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7:07AM on 06/30/2013

Boooo

This should be left alone.
This should be left alone.
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8:02AM on 06/29/2013

This is going to be bad!

How I see this going down: young veteran returning from Afghanistan starts seeing stuff. His hot girlfriend thinks he's crazy only until she starts seeing things too, and at the end, they vanquish the evil spirits to leave the door open for a sequel.
How I see this going down: young veteran returning from Afghanistan starts seeing stuff. His hot girlfriend thinks he's crazy only until she starts seeing things too, and at the end, they vanquish the evil spirits to leave the door open for a sequel.
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7:01AM on 06/29/2013

let me guess...

PG 13, young and handsome cast, and a happy ending (for the sequel possibility)...
PG 13, young and handsome cast, and a happy ending (for the sequel possibility)...
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3:09AM on 06/29/2013
This is just stupid & pointless, Jacob's Ladder is easily one of the most creepy & trippy movie of maybe all time. I just don't see how a remake can even match that same vibe. I would of considered this movie as one on the list of impossible ones to get remade.
This is just stupid & pointless, Jacob's Ladder is easily one of the most creepy & trippy movie of maybe all time. I just don't see how a remake can even match that same vibe. I would of considered this movie as one on the list of impossible ones to get remade.
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11:55PM on 06/28/2013
So tired of these cash grab hollywood remakes. Jacobs ladder was one if those movies that came out right when it needed to, as it was all about the mind trip horror type stuff. Psychedelic horror films like "Naked Lunch" and "Dead Ringers" were all the rage back then. None of those flicks would even sit well with today's movie going crowd. Theres no point at all to remake a film that no one under 30 has never even heard of. Its also a hidden gem of a film, and doesn't deserve to become some
So tired of these cash grab hollywood remakes. Jacobs ladder was one if those movies that came out right when it needed to, as it was all about the mind trip horror type stuff. Psychedelic horror films like "Naked Lunch" and "Dead Ringers" were all the rage back then. None of those flicks would even sit well with today's movie going crowd. Theres no point at all to remake a film that no one under 30 has never even heard of. Its also a hidden gem of a film, and doesn't deserve to become some PG-13 bullshit parody of itself....it wouldn't work without Adrian Lynn anyway...
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11:22PM on 06/28/2013
To best way to make an Homage out of a classic is to LEAVE THE SAID CLASSIC ALONE!!
To best way to make an Homage out of a classic is to LEAVE THE SAID CLASSIC ALONE!!
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11:11PM on 06/28/2013
This is fucking stupid...
This is fucking stupid...
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9:57PM on 06/28/2013

Holy Moley!

This movie scared the holy bejeezus out of me when i was a young man. I can remember watching this film on HBO or The Movie Channel late at night at work (when everything was very quiet and my work place was built on top of an old cemetery).

Whew! Scary Stuff! Don't know how this could get any better.
This movie scared the holy bejeezus out of me when i was a young man. I can remember watching this film on HBO or The Movie Channel late at night at work (when everything was very quiet and my work place was built on top of an old cemetery).

Whew! Scary Stuff! Don't know how this could get any better.
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9:56PM on 06/28/2013
Once they release a slick new trailer with glossy tinted color correction, awesome music, & cool CGI demons, people will be defending this remake & bashing the original. 13 years into this remake hell, and the song & dance of the internet never changes.
Once they release a slick new trailer with glossy tinted color correction, awesome music, & cool CGI demons, people will be defending this remake & bashing the original. 13 years into this remake hell, and the song & dance of the internet never changes.
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8:42PM on 06/28/2013

Nnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooo!!!!!!!!!!!

This was one if the first movies that truly scared the shit out if me. I remember when Tim Ribbons came to University of Michigan and talked about his career in 2008. He was extremely proud of this movie as well as many other because he believed that this was one if the few movies that couldn't be improved upon. And I think that's the only reason why movies should be remade as a last resort is to be improved upon. And the party scene set to James Brown-Gimme My Thang was epic.
This was one if the first movies that truly scared the shit out if me. I remember when Tim Ribbons came to University of Michigan and talked about his career in 2008. He was extremely proud of this movie as well as many other because he believed that this was one if the few movies that couldn't be improved upon. And I think that's the only reason why movies should be remade as a last resort is to be improved upon. And the party scene set to James Brown-Gimme My Thang was epic.
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11:24PM on 06/28/2013
Hehe, Robbins, my man. Tim Ribbons would be a great "Tim Robbins Impersonator" :]
Hehe, Robbins, my man. Tim Ribbons would be a great "Tim Robbins Impersonator" :]
5:37PM on 06/28/2013
Isn't Silent Hill kind of a remake? So obviously they will change Vietnam to Iraq or whatever. Also won't most people know the twist already? So that tells me in ten years the remake to The Sixth Sense with Marky Mark as Bruce Willis will be a thing! Let's Only Hope like Obi Wan!
Isn't Silent Hill kind of a remake? So obviously they will change Vietnam to Iraq or whatever. Also won't most people know the twist already? So that tells me in ten years the remake to The Sixth Sense with Marky Mark as Bruce Willis will be a thing! Let's Only Hope like Obi Wan!
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5:32PM on 06/28/2013
No way this can be good. We already know the twist ending.
No way this can be good. We already know the twist ending.
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5:24PM on 06/28/2013

Jacob's Ladder

I saw this film when I was 13 or so and it was new to video. I really dug it. It was a bit over my head but having Elizabeth Pena nude in the film gave me something to focus on beyond the story. With time I "got it" and enjoyed the film even more. I do not think a remake is needed (considering the people involved in producing it) as this film would be a great candidate for "Where on the Shelf Is...?" because of it's obscurity. Never-the-less the film has the goods. The proof is in the sample
I saw this film when I was 13 or so and it was new to video. I really dug it. It was a bit over my head but having Elizabeth Pena nude in the film gave me something to focus on beyond the story. With time I "got it" and enjoyed the film even more. I do not think a remake is needed (considering the people involved in producing it) as this film would be a great candidate for "Where on the Shelf Is...?" because of it's obscurity. Never-the-less the film has the goods. The proof is in the sample used by UNKLE on a track on PSYENCE FICTION. As for the extra tidbit: TMI. T. M. I.
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5:21PM on 06/28/2013

Unnecessary

Just watch the original.
Just watch the original.
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5:18PM on 06/28/2013

This movie has already been remade countless times.

It influenced so many movies, that some (like The Jacket) could already lay claim to remake-status. I hate when Hollywood does this. Leave it alone.
It influenced so many movies, that some (like The Jacket) could already lay claim to remake-status. I hate when Hollywood does this. Leave it alone.
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